On August 31, I left for an 8 day motorcycle trip to tour New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. For years I wanted to see the Bay of Fundy and now was my chance.
My first day on the road as was a relatively short one, travelling only from Ajax to Kingston, ON, a mere 230 kms. I stayed overnight with my good friend Paul Fairfield at his home. Although it was a short ride, my back, butt and legs were sore from a low profile motorcycle seat I got for my Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. A couple of months ago I bought a new seat that is supposed to be better for people with shorter legs. Well, it was the worst fucking seat I’ve ever had. It was so bad I had to get a gel pad from Canadian Tire and MacGyver it on with some duct tape.
The closest Harley dealer with seats in stock for my bike was in Brossard, PQ. There was no way I’d make it out to the East Coast without a new seat. So, that cut into my time and my wallet.
After chowing down a smoked meat sandwich in Brossard, I made my way towards Quebec City, hoping to find some nearby accommodations. Unfortunately, everything was booked, right past Rivière-du-Loup. With some help back home, my wife, Melissa, and stepdaughter, Brittani, helped find the one place with vacant rooms, namely the Motel-Camping Caldwell in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, PQ. It was past 11 PM when I rolled in to this quirky motel, I put down around 800 kms on the bike since leaving Kingston. I never had time for dinner, so I wound down with some party mix, a Cuban cigar and tempranillo wine.
The silver lining in the day’s seat and hotel tribulations is the Motel-Camping is less than 40kms from the New Brunswick border. This made it easy to make it to Moncton by sundown. The next day would be a shorter ride through some beautiful scenery.
Cheesy as the motel, is the lights were kind of nice and I appreciated the remote and quiet location.